A Pool House Swims in Functionality & Rustic Style


ORIGINAL DECK/PATIO: This home, located on a wooden lot in the Claybridge subdivision in West Carmel, was built in 1992. “The woods in our backyard was overgrown and the original fence line blocked the view of the lake behind our house. While thinking through our landscaping plans, we decided to do it right and add a covered patio with a fireplace to create an outdoor gathering area for our family.”


STRUCTURAL DESIGN: Set on a new concrete pier foundation and patio, the 324 square foot covered porch features many design elements which not only provides structural support, but also adds to the desired rustic design. Once the foundation work was complete, 6×6 decorative cedar columns were installed to support the porch roof. Rough sawn cedar trusses with black painted steel gusset plates were installed to provide additional structural support while also adding to the desired rustic look.


FIREPLACE DETAILS: The stately fireplace was designed with functionality top of mind. Stone veneer in a “Chestnut Ashlar” color was installed over the concrete masonry unit fireplace. The interior fireplace wall features a 6” recess for the TV, two firewood storage areas and two weatherproof cabinets for lighting and media equipment. A gas line and valve was installed for the fireplace gas start system.


EXTERIOR FINISH & LIGHTING: A green metal roof with matching gutters and downspouts were installed.  A finish coat of stain was applied to the columns, siding, cedar trim and beadboard ceiling to complete the final look of the covered porch.


In order to provide adequate lighting for evening entertainment, six well lights were installed around the perimeter of each cedar column. A ceiling fan/light in a bronze finish was also installed on a dimmable switch.


FINAL RESULT:  All design elements came together to create the perfect poolside retreat with year-round appeal. “What we love most about the patio is being able to watch TV outside while also enjoying the beautiful view of the woods and lake. It’s where we all go for relaxation.”



Cabinet Modifications & Warm Colors Transform a Kitchen

DSCN1738 DSCN1737EXISTING KITCHEN: Located in the Bay Hill subdivision in Carmel, the homeowners were feeling cramped in their 20 year old kitchen. “The kitchen did not fit our personal styles, it lacked storage space and did not provide enough seating for adult and kid entertainment.” The existing cabinetry was still in great shape; so the homeowners set out to modify their cabinets to add function and warmth to the room.

WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Case-Scholl010CABINET MODIFICATIONS: “We desperately needed a larger fridge; however, the existing cabinets were custom built around the old fridge.” To accommodate the larger French door style fridge, the configuration of the existing cabinetry was modified. The cabinets and double ovens that originally sat to the left of the fridge were relocated to the right of the fridge. A custom 12” pull out cabinet was then installed to allow space for the new fridge while also adding dedicated storage space for spices and cooking oils.

WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Case-Scholl027Molding and new hardware was installed to the existing cabinetry for a custom look. The stark white cabinets were then painted creamy white to add warmth.

WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Case-Scholl020EXPANDED ISLAND: To give the homeowners additional countertop space and seating, the original u-shape island and bulkhead was removed and replaced with a new island stretching almost 10 feet in length. The graduation of the island was designed to go with the curvature of the wall cabinetry, which created a natural pathway and more space for seating. The island was constructed using semi-custom cabinetry in a contrasting chocolate finish. To complete the final look, two decorative pendants in a bronze finish were hung over the island.

















GRANITE COUNTERTOPS & BACKSPASH: Neutral “Bianco Antico” granite countertops and “Legno Scuro Petite Strips” tile was selected for the backsplash to pair with the two-toned cabinetry.

WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Case-Scholl012BEVERAGE STATION: “Being entertainers, it was important to us to have a dedicated area for guests to grab drinks without interrupting the cook or avoid making an inconvenient hike to the garage.” To accomplish this goal, the previous family room off the kitchen was converted to a dining area complete with an eight feet long beverage station addition. The chocolate finish of the cabinetry and continuation of the granite countertops gives the beverage station a consistent look with the kitchen island.

WEBSITEWhonPhoto_Case-Scholl022FINAL RESULT: “Our favorite part is the beverage station. It creates a separate adult entertainment area and also gives us more storage space for large serving platters and glassware that we didn’t have before the remodel.”


Trends in Basement Wet Bar Remodeling

As the chilly fall temperatures start to roll in, it’s time to make the dreaded transition from outdoor to indoor entertainment. Whether it’s a smaller free-standing unit tucked in a prominent empty corner or a larger restaurant-grade bar, the lower level wet bar is a definite crowd pleaser for your next football party, holiday gathering or social get-togethers. Here is a review of local Indianapolis basement bar remodels. Could you see one of these bars in your home?

Website1Shaffer06Do you have sport enthusiasts in your family? Well, this would be the perfect bar to watch the big game! Bar stool seating offers a great view of the television with plenty of countertop space to munch on tasty game time appetizers. The beverage fridge means that a cold beer or soda is always within arms reach while glass front cabinetry allows plenty of storage for your glassware and favorite liquor bottles.

WebsiteBar_01This versatile wet bar is not only stunning, but features many family friendly amenities. Glass front cabinetry and the glass tile backsplash gives the wet bar a sophisticated grown-up look. Elevated racking not only adds visual interest, but keeps unopened wine bottles out of hands reach. A locked base liquor cabinet offers parents peace of mind while the beverage fridge stocked with sodas, juices and waters is perfect for the kiddos of the house. The large island offers plentiful seating for family game nights, adult wine tastings or poker nights.

WebsitePD3_1800This wet bar is the perfect example of how to maximize those awkward small nooks in your home. Although small in size, this wet bar will definitely get the party started. The wine fridge keeps your favorite white wines and pinot noirs at the optimal temperature. Dark cabinetry provides plenty of storage for board games, glassware, etc. The warm colors of the “Copper Rust” slate tile backsplash adds to the cozy factor of this built-in bar.

WebsitePD3_3738Located just off of the media area, fireplace and guest bedroom of this walk-out basement, this multifunctional wet bar serves as the main hub of the basement. The rich colors of the glass tile backsplash, granite countertops and cabinetry gives the area an elegant look that is sure to impress. The french-door refrigerator, convection microwave oven, and beer tap offers convenience for weekend guests or quick access to snacks during family movie nights.

WebsitePD3_3952For all of you wine connoisseurs out there, this is a must-have bar for your home. Comfortable bar stool seating is perfect for sipping on savory wines. The distressed black cabinets, rustic “Chadwick” mini pendants in an oil bronze finish and custom-made cork backsplash adds to the winery look and feel of this basement bar.

WebsitePD3_3966Here is another great example of how an empty corner can be easily transformed into a quick access bar. Open shelving allows for an easy reach to pilsner glasses and a quick fill of your favorite brew from the stainless steel beer tap. This highly accessible set up is perfect for your dinner guests to help themselves without hiking back and forth from the garage to grab their next drink.

WebsiteWhonPhoto_Craig003Calling all karaoke lovers, with a bar like this, you’ll never have to travel to your local karaoke bar ever again! Bring the scene of the crime to the comfort of your home. This Greenwood area bar is a juxtaposition of contemporary elegance and masculine charm. Built-in speakers flanked on each side of the bar creates sound perfection. Mounted on the stunning ledge stone wall, the flat screen is highly visible making it easy for the singer to read lyrics. The back-lit beverage fridge is easily accessible for those who require a little liquid courage before taking center stage.

Create your own personalized basement bar with the help of our talented design and carpentry team. Give us a call at 317.846.2600 or email us at info@caseindy.com.